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Latest News : Nov 30, 2020
A message from the President of LPS of USA

JSK Members,

As the pandemic have taken strong hold again, I would like to present to you a humble request. Please see my video by clicking on the following link.

https://youtu.be/YYYJxXFVXZ8

Thank you very much and please be safe.

Latest News : Nov 14, 2020
Happy Diwali

 

Jai Shree Krishna!

Diwali, or Deepavali, is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that we light outside our homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.

The Diwali festival actually runs for five days, with the main celebrations happening on the third day in most places in India.

Hindus interpret the Diwali story based upon where they live:

In northern India they celebrate the story of King Rama's return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps.

Southern India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.

In Gujarat, people celebrate the festival by lighting lamps and offering prayers. New year shopping spree, cleaning homes, preparing dishes, wearing new clothes, bursting crackers, meeting people and going places – It’s all about socio-religious-recreation. Deepavali brings in hope, hope brings in faith and when there is faith, there is love in our Hearts – Gujaratis just spread love and when there is love, peace prevails. In all interpretations, one common thread rings true—the festival marks the victory of good over evil.

Happy Diwali! May lord bless us all with happiness, good health, prosperity and peace! 

Latest News : Nov 13, 2020
Dhanteras

 

On behalf of the entire LPS of USA board wishing you a Happy Dhanteras today !!

May this Dhanteras  light up new dreams , fresh hopes , undiscovered avenues , different perspectives, everything bright and beautiful, full of pleasant surprises and moments.🙏🏽🪔

Meaning of Dhanteras :

Dhanteras is celebrated on the thirteenth day of the month of Ashwin, two days before Diwali. The legend behind Dhanteras is centred on the 16-year-old son of King Hima. As per his horoscope he was fated to breathe his last on the fourth day of his marriage, owing to snakebite. On the appointed day his wife illuminated the house with numerous lamps and placed a heap of gold and silver coins and ornaments in front of their bedroom. All through the night she sang songs and told stories.

The lights of the lamps and the dazzle of the coins and ornaments blinded the god of death, Yama, who had come as a serpent. He spent the entire night listening to the sweet songs before leaving peacefully next morning. This is why Dhanteras is also called Yamadeepdaan (Gifting of Lamps to the God of Death).

Dhanteras is considered an auspicious occasion for buying gold or silver articles and new utensils for home.

Entrances are made colourful with rangoli designs to welcome the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour. We perform Lakshmi Puja the at evening after lighting tiny clay diyas to symbolically drive away bad luck all year long. We sing bhajans in praise of Devi Lakshmi and offer Naivedya of traditional sweets in thanksgiving and happiness to her benign grace. Keeping the lamp lit through the night on Dhanteras is considered auspicious and it is believed that even the God of Death returns to his home without laying a finger on his victim. The light of the lamps is believed to bring in prosperity, health and long life.

Purchasing new things on this day is symbolic of renewing hope and faith in life. More, it is relevant to illuminate the light of the heart and dissolve selfishness by giving to the poor. Better than gold and silver, let us renew our livelihood with our fellow citizens by inviting them to share our joy. This will be celebrating Dhanteras in its true sense.